Living Corpse wrote:
I'm willing to bet that anyone here younger than, like, 40, is a fan because of the films they watched on TV growing up. Stuff like Son of Godzilla or Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. Point is, I feel like a lot of Godzilla fans forgot why they love Godzilla in the first place and want it to be something it really isn't. =/
My first G film was King of The Monsters at age 6 after I got it for Christmas. So I can't speak for anyone else but when I think of Godzilla the 1954 version is the first one that pops in my head and is to me the Godzilla. Just saying.
My first Godzilla was 1985
, followed by KotM
and Mothra vs Godzilla
. Although I saw Monster Zero
and others shortly thereafter, the fact that my first three films depicted the Big Guy as a serious, deadly, frightening character have led me to think of him in a generally serious light. That doesn't stop me from loving the camp aspects of the later films, but I can't help seeing that depiction of Godzilla as a deviation from the character's norm, rather than an equally valid interpretation, regardless of whether the majority of films fall on the campy side of the spectrum.
In the end, I prefer Godzilla as a serious figure, but also one that is vaguely anthropomorphized. My personal Godzilla is a mental hybrid. This means that I can enjoy GMK
on different but equal levels. Now, Megalon
crosses a line for me, going too damn goofy and turning Godzy into a big, harmless teddy bear. On the other hand, Godzilla dancing in Monster Zero or playing rock-tennis in Sea Monster isn't a problem for me, since he is shown as a legitimate and violent threat at other points.
I see no reason why Godzilla can't be a nasty monster, and still have his occasional moment of camp fun. Likewise, I don't see why we can't have a serious "message-movie" in the franchise now and then, and then follow it up with a simple kaiju action-flick sequel. As others have stated, Godzilla's malleability is his strength.